How To Style a Kimono for Winter (Part 1) & Link Up On the Edge #78

“Colorful garments – ball gowns, kimonos, evening pajamas – made from yards upon yards of iridescent silk or velvet. I own an unjustifiable number of such outfits and jump at the chance to wear them. Against the etiquette about which I am otherwise all too conscious, I frequently, and unrepentantly, overdress for the occasion.” Julia Glass

*This is a sponsored post.  This kimono was provided to me by Rosegal for purposes of my blog.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

*Kimono: Tribal Argyle Printed Plus Size Maxi Robe Coat c/o Rosegal.

If you followed my blog throughout this past summer, you already know about my love of kimonos and how sad I was to retire them for the winter. Most of my kimono collection (which is around 50 different kimonos at last count) are warm weather pieces being made of lace and other sheer lightweight fabrics. For months now, I have been trying to figure out a way to style a kimono for winter and still maintain the appropriate amount of warmth in these frigid temperatures. I tried a few different layering techniques with the kimonos in my closet and nothing seemed to work. And then I saw this kimono-style robe from Rosegal and it seemed perfectly suited for winter kimono-wearing with its heavier fabric, long sleeves, maxi length, and rich vibrant colors to stand out against a snow covered background.

Kimonos are meant to be layered and I love the look of a cute graphic tee underneath. I shared my personal collection of graphic tees from Torrid yesterday which included this fabulous Wonder Woman tee. The colors in the graphic on the tee paired perfectly underneath the geometric print of the kimono. Plus a kimono sort of feels like a super hero cape…so it was an obvious sartorial union.

*Tee: Wonder Woman Roses Logo Crew Tee from Torrid Salmon Run Mall.

I also love joining together the drama of a maxi length kimono with the ruggedness of a pair of jeans. And the paradox of a graphic tee with pearls always makes me happy. Add some pearl trimmed booties and a neutral tench coat and you have a kimono styled comfortably for the winter months. Except for the salt and sludge that quickly coated the hem of my kimono. But nothing that a quick wash through the gentle cycle couldn’t handle.

*Booties: Bamboo Pearl-Trim Ankle Booties from Charlotte Russe.

If you are a fan of kimonos and are looking for more inspiration on how to style this warm weather piece during the winter, check out Debbie’s velvet duster kimono and Jess’s floral velvet kimono. Also I will be sharing this black and white duster kimono with you tomorrow for Part 2 of How to Style a Kimono for Winter.

“I love kimonos because you can just throw them on over anything. Ever since I got my first kimono from Lane Bryant in high school and thought, ‘This is amazing; I can wear it with everything!'” Lizzo

“Women who wear kimonos, when the fight, they have to keep their knees together, and when they use a sword, they have to move the sleeves otherwise it gets caught.” Lucy Liu

What are your favorite pieces from summer that you like to style all year round?  Do you have any outfit combinations that really make you feel like a super hero? 

And now your favorite posts from last week.

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style shared her post When Bloggers Meet & Fancy Friday Link Up. I can’t even tell you how much I loved this post…mostly because Nancy is a dear friend of mine and she had the opportunity to spend the day with Nina of A World of Dresses who is also a very dear blogger friend! I will admit that I am bit jealous of both of them that they each got to meet the other! Aren’t blogger meet ups just the best?!

Nina of A World of Dresses & Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style

And Jacqui of Mummabstylish shared her post Styling My New/Old Check Skirt. Seriously…gray, burgundy, plaid, and fur is such an amazing combination for a cozy and super stylish winter outfit!

Jacqui of Mummabstylish


If you are looking to add a cute kimono to your wardrobe, consider creating a Valentine’s Wish List and treat yourself to something fabulous. Check out Rosegal Valentine’s Gifts for some fabulous offers on the Best Valentine’s Gifts 2018.  Also be sure to check back tomorrow to see how I styled another kimono for winter.

Keeping it on the edge,

Shelbee

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

68 Responses

  1. Love the pattern and color!
    Jaymie

  2. I love how you styled the kimono for winter. I too love kimonos and have attempted to wear them into the winter. I’m also loving the pearl studded boots. Just gorgeous!

    • Elsie, thank you so very much! I do love the drama of a kimono all year long…the only problem in winter is when they are too long, get all caught in the snow and sludge! I hope you have a wonderful day!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  3. I’m glad I got a mention this week! I will have to figure out meeting up with you at some point. Also you all got lots of snow! Oh how I miss that about the US. I love those boots with the kimono!

    • Thanks so much, Nina! Yes, definitely let me know when you make it back to the States…especially if you are in NY. We will figure out a way for a blogger meet up, for sure! By the way, I am so tired of snow right now…it has literally snowed every day here for the past month. It’s ridiculous. I think I live in the snowiest place on earth!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  4. I am drooling over every element of this outfit Shelbee! That kimono, the graphic tee, the booties, the pearls – oh my! Kimonos are among my favorites to wear but I’ve never paired one with a graphic tee – well sister, that’s about to change. I am stepping up my graphic tee game!
    Thank you for being so fabulous!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • Gah, Kellyann! This comment just made me so happy! You are so fabulous and the fact that I just inspired you to try something new boosted my sartorial ego exponentially! I cannot wait to see what amazing outfit you create with a graphic tee and kimono!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  5. OMG that’s beautiful! I’m far more conservative and to me that’s an evening coat over long black dress or pants or even a dressing gown – but what a lovely addition to brighten the day. x
    Pamela http://www.style-yourself-confident.com

    • Thanks so much, Pamela! And I agree this would be fabulous over a black dress! It would be super dramatic, I think! I actually had it hanging next to a pink dress that matched perfectly and I may have to try that as well. Have a wonderful week, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  6. Aw, how lovely to find myself featured – thank you so much. Love this outfit on you Shelbee. x Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

    • Jacqui, thank you so much for your kind words! And it was my pleasure to feature you! Such an amazing outfit you shared. Have a wonderful day and weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  7. Wow Wonder Woman, what a wonderful style! I love it Shelbee.
    XO Tina

  8. Wow, 50 kimonos…that’s quite a collection! The layering works beautifully, and the print is so pretty. Love your Wonder Woman T-shirt!

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • Thank you, Emma! I know I have a bit of a problem. I just love the drama and flow of a great kimono. I simply cannot resist them. Is 50 too many?! Hahaha. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  9. Shelbee this kimono is divine! You know I love a kimono, and mine have been hanging in the closet unworn since the weather got cold also! I love how you’ve styled it and I cannot wait to check out the website with the graphic tees. Your pearl trimmed booties are too cute!

    • Suzanne, thank you so much! I am still trying to find more ways to wear my kimonos in colder weather. I just love the dramatic flair that you can’t get from a cardigan! I am thinking maybe a sleek turtleneck under a kimono might work? I tried a little different layering technique that I will share tomorrow on the blog. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  10. You are the kimono queen. I can’t believe you have 50 and I still don’t have 1. I’ve got change that. Beautiful!

    • Lisa, thanks so much! You definitely need a kimono! They are the best topper for a little drama in any weather. I wear them all summer long…they keep me cool and protected from the sun. The possibilities are endless as are the choices! Have a fabulous day, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  11. I love this outfit! Everything from the graphic tee to the embellished booties. That kimono is amazing and I can see it being fabulous throughout all the seasons! Happy almost weekend!
    Cheryl
    https://www.northwestmountainliving.com

    • Cheryl, thank you so much! And to think, I actually hesitated on getting this kimono! I have so many already, so I passed it up a few times before I went for it. And I am so glad I did because it is even more fabulous in real life than the pictures portray! I can’t wait to style it more often when all the ground sludge goes away. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day and weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  12. Yes! I love the quote you featured by Ms. Glass. Your pictures look great, that kimono is gorgeous and you styled perfectly with those jeans, boots and graphic tee. Yay!

    • Thanks so much, Chrissy! Finding quotes about kimonos was more difficult than I anticipated! And I can’t wait to wear this fun kimono more when all the ground sludge disappears! By the end of the day, the hem was stiff with all the salt and slime! Have a great day, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  13. Girl…this is the best piece on you ever!! This screams Michelle and fabulousness all in one!! And then those booties?? You are rocking it like no other today!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Aw, Jodie, thank you so, so much! I think my face just got all glowing while I was reading this comment! I did feel pretty fabulous wearing this outfit. It’s funny because we took photos that morning and then I sat at my desk at home all day…but I was wearing this the entire day…I don’t think anyone saw me the entire day except when I picked up my kids but I had a long coat on! I guess that is the beauty of blogging…even though no one saw me all day…at least I get to share my outfit with my amazing blogging friends! Have a fantastic day!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  14. I love everything about this post. Your outfit, the setting, and the quotes! I’m still giggling over the Lucy Lu’s.
    🙂 gwingal

    • Thanks so much, Nikki! There weren’t too many quotes available about kimonos out there in internet land…and that one totally cracked me up, too! Have a fabulous day, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  15. Oh, look at us! Thank you😘😘😘 I hope we get to meet each other one day!
    What a beautiful colours you are wearing! You can wear this like no one else can!

  16. Shelbee darling you truly are a wonder woman, what a beautiful kimono!
    Those boot details are fab too. I love the background with the old furniture barn sign, Id have that sign in my house if I could…have a fab week!
    bestest
    Ashley xx

    • Thank you so much, Ashley! What a wonderful comment! The day we shot these photos, we were driving around looking for a location. When I spotted this sign, I was like, “That’s it. We need to shoot right by that sign!” There is something so quaint and rustic about, isn’t there? Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  17. Your bright kimono wakes up a gray winter day!

  18. That kimono makes such a statement! Love how you styled it!

    Liz
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

  19. That Kimono is life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Isn’t it though, Cathe?! I seriously love it so much! I can’t wait to style it in better weather so the hem doesn’t get all yucky again! Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  20. Gorgeous kimono, what a lovely print. I loved your styling it, very very clever!!!
    I can also imagine it layered over a black turtle neck sweater dress.

    • Thank you so much, Lorena! I was thinking a lightweight turtleneck sweater would be cute, but a turtleneck dress….now you’re talking! I need to give that a try! Thanks for the inspiration.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  21. That is a pretty cool collection. Looking nice. That Furniture Barn sign looks weathered and cool. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

    • Thanks so much, Patrick! I love that old furniture barn sign, too. And I literally just spotted it while driving around looking for a cool place to shoot photos. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  22. Shelbee, I LOVE these pictures! The kimono is so fun and colorful and just pops against the snowy background. So pretty!

  23. You look fabulous, Shelbee! You’re really are so good at dressing Kimonos… even in winter! I just couldn’t do that where you are because it’s just too darn cold! lol
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

    • Thanks so much, Suzy! I do love my kimonos so I had to find a way to wear them in winter…even if it means lots of layers underneath! And it’s not like I’m hanging outside all day anyway! Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  24. Happy Friday Shelbee!! I love the print on think kimono, it looks awesome and really well styled for winter!

    • Thank you so much, Mary Leigh! I actually hesitated getting this kimono because I was afraid I couldn’t style it for winter. But boy am I glad I took the chance because I absolutely love it, too! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  25. This kimono is beautiful, and I love the longer length! I only own one kimono, and you’re making me want to add more to my wardrobe!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

    • Thanks so much, Rachael! I definitely prefer the maxi length kimonos over all others. And yes, you need at least 5 more (says the kimono-addict)! Have a fabulous weekend, my friend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  26. You need to do a kimono collection post! Every kimono I see you wearing is honestly beautiful!! I have yet to style one during the winter months, but your totally giving me that inspiration. This kimono goes so well for the season, the colors are on point. And that tee…. #wonderwomenclub 😉
    Thanks for hosting babe,

    xo
    Mel

    • Mel, I love that idea! It might take me weeks to photograph all of my kimonos though! Hahaha. Although, I am sure I have many of them photographed already. I just did a kimono wish list post today and ordered another one for myself! Because I need more, of course. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  27. I love this kimono, especially that it’s great for cold weather. I love your Wonder Woman shirt! And the bell sleeves on the kimono add a nice flare.

    • Laura, thanks so much! I was so unsure of this piece when I ordered it, but now I am so glad I have it! I am definitely going to get tones of wear out of it all year long! Have a great weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  28. You know, I’ve never thought to wear a kimono this time of year, but now I’m totally going to try it! Thanks for the tip, and you look fab as always!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

    • Cheryl, thank you so much! I am glad that I could inspire to give it a try! I look forward to seeing how you style your kimono for winter. Have a fabulous weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  29. They sure are meant to be layered. I’ve gotta say that the kimono is stunning and I love how you made the pics bigger. It looks awesome!

    • Thanks so much, Rania! I just laughed that you noticed the bigger pictures! I seriously didn’t even know I could do that and I just figured it out (so simple) and what a difference it makes, right?! Thank you for stopping by. I hope you are having a lovely weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  30. Helen C.

    Hi Shelbee!
    I never thought before that you can layer outwear! I will certainly try this!
    I own two kimonos and I have always received lots of compliments about them. People like kimonos but only a few dear to wear them 😉
    😘

    • Helen, I am so glad I inspired you to give this layering trick a try! You will love that you get to wear your summer kimonos in the cold! They are just so pretty and dramatic that I have to wear them all year long. Thanks for stopping by, my friend. I hope you have a fabulous week!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  31. What a gorgeous kimono, and setting it against the white/grey background is brilliant! Thanks for the inspiration and for linking up, xox

    -Patti
    http://notdeadyetstyle.com

  32. The jeans! The kimono!!! I love all of it, lady!!! Thank you for joining our link up today!

    -Adriele
    StyleAssisted.com

  33. Love the colours and pattern in this kimono! Great styling too.

    Suzanne

    • Suzanne, thank you so very much! The colors and pattern really drew me in. I felt a sort of vintage vibe with this piece and just couldn’t resist it. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  34. What a beautiful kimono, love this 🙂 Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays.